(WNY News Now) – FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present The Immortals: The Wonders of the Museo Egizio, a special cinematic exploration of Egypt’s celebrated museum, on Sat., Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. The screening is part of the Opera House’s Art & Architecture On Screen Series.
In this production, Kha, architect and builder of tombs for the pharaohs, must undertake a journey to the Underworld. Telling us the story of his voyage is Jeremy Irons, in the guise of narrator. His words take us inside the secret world of Egyptian mythology, religion and funerary culture, interweaving the story with the history of the oldest museum in the world, the Museo Egizio in Turin, founded in 1824 and soon to be celebrating its 200th anniversary. In fact, the Kha’s own Tomb is to be found in Turin along with the most complete and most valuable private collection of grave goods outside of Egypt.
In this journey along the Nile, among the most beautiful archaeological finds Egypt has left us, are the magnificent monuments of Giza, Luxor, Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, and the workers’ village of Deir el-Medina. The story told by Irons follows the tracks of Italian explorers and archaeologists. Their itineraries lead us to the exhibition halls of the Cairo Museum, the Ägyptischen Museum in Berlin, the British Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris and from Ramesses II in Turin, to the treasure of Tutankhamun in Cairo, the bust of Nefertiti in Berlin, the
Red Scribe in the Louvre, and the Rosetta Stone in London.
The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. Individual tickets are $15, ($10 students). Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org. Opera House programming is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
For this production, the Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region … providing access to artistic diversity … and high quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.